Cleator Moor Nursery School

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About Cleator Moor Nursery School

Name Cleator Moor Nursery School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Ennerdale Road, Wath Brow, Cleator Moor, Cumbria, CA25 5LW
Phase Nursery
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 37
Local Authority Cumberland
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Children are happy at this school. They play and explore in the indoor and outdoor areas with confidence.

Children know that they can seek out comfort or support from caring staff. This helps them to feel safe and secure.

Children, including those in the provision for two-year-olds, behave well.

They learn to share resources and take turns while they play. Skilled staff support children in resolving minor disagreements. Many children are able to talk about how they feel.

This is because they learn the words to use to express their emotions.

The school has high expectations for children, including those with special educational needs and/or d...isabilities (SEND). However, in many areas of learning, these aims are not realised.

This is because the school has not identified the specific knowledge that children should know in these areas. This hinders how well children learn.

Children have the opportunity to try as many new activities as possible.

For example, they take part in yoga and feeding lambs. Through stories and celebrations, such as for Diwali and Easter, children learn about diversity among people and families. They develop their understanding of fundamental British values, such as democracy, through voting for songs and rhymes.

These experiences contribute well to children's broader development.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has recently taken decisive action to review and revise its curriculum. However, several of these improvements are too recent to have had an impact on how well children achieve.

In each area of learning, the school has identified the age-related milestones that it expects children to reach. However, in almost all of these areas, the school has not identified the important knowledge that it wants children to learn so that they know and remember more over time. Added to this, the school has not ensured that staff have the expertise to design activities that support children to learn well.

Children do not learn all that they should.

In the main, staff successfully join in with children's play, supporting and extending their ideas. Many staff skilfully teach children how to communicate and how to listen well.

However, at times, children do not learn as well as they should. This is because some staff do not engage in conversations with children to build their knowledge effectively.

Staff understand how children learn and develop.

They draw on their knowledge to identify the additional needs of children with SEND quickly. The school seeks the advice of other professionals to provide appropriate support promptly. This helps children with SEND to access the same curriculum as their peers.

Typically, staff use assessment information effectively to determine children's future learning. The school has recently modified the way in which staff check children's understanding. Staff get to know what children know and can do without completing excessive paperwork.

Staff appreciate that these changes have given them more time to support children's learning.

Due to staff's gentle support and guidance, children become keen and confident learners. Children understand the importance of looking after resources.

They help to tidy toys away enthusiastically. Children in the provision for two-year-olds learn to share and cooperate with other children. They relish the rewards and praise that they receive for behaving well and for following the nursery's routines.

Visitors to school, such as the emergency services and road crossing officers, help children to learn that there are people in the community who can help them. They learn that rules, including road safety rules, are there to keep them safe. These opportunities help to prepare children well for life in modern Britain.

The school considers the workload and well-being of staff in the decisions that it makes. For example, it considers the impact of implementing new initiatives, to ensure that these do not cause undue workload for staff.

Governors are beginning to offer a greater level of challenge to the school.

They now have more accurate information about the curriculum and how well children achieve. However, some of these improvements to governance are at an early stage, and the impact is unclear.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In most areas of learning, the school has not identified the important knowledge that children should learn. This makes it difficult for staff to ensure that children learn all that they need to be ready for primary school. The school should identify the specific information that children should learn across the curriculum and the order in which this should be taught.

• Staff are not provided with the support and guidance that they need to deliver aspects of the curriculum well. This means that children do not learn all that they should in some areas of learning. The school should ensure that staff have the training and guidance required to deliver all areas of learning effectively.

• Some staff do not capitalise on opportunities to deepen children's learning through carefully structured conversations. This means that some children do not learn the key vocabulary that they need to deepen their learning. The school should train all staff to support and deepen children's learning further.

The governing body does not have a sufficient depth of understanding about the quality of education that children receive. As a result, governors have not supported the school sufficiently well to bring about improvement. Governors should ensure that they gain a clear oversight of the effectiveness of the quality of education and hold the school to account for its actions.

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